Australian News and Analysis

Vic: PSOs need to go

Vic: PSOs need to go

May 22, 2015 at 10:01 am

Protective Services Officers (PSOs), the under-trained and over-armed branch of the Victorian Police, have come under fire for assaulting, intimidating and harassing public transport commuters. By Jorden Griggs, Socialist Party PSOs were created as part of a law and order push by the previous Liberal Government. While train stations have […]

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For a $20/hour minimum wage

For a $20/hour minimum wage

May 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is calling for an increase to the minimum wage – from the current $16.87 an hour to $17.58. Such a raise would give low paid workers an extra $27 per week. By Amy Neve, Socialist Party Business groups have predictably opposed the increase, […]

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Opposition to CSG growing

Opposition to CSG growing

May 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

A massive community campaign in northern NSW and Queensland is cutting across old dividing lines and uniting farmers with environmental activists in the fight against Coal Seam Gas (CSG) extraction. The campaign has already has had a major impact and pushed some plans for new CSG operations back. By Gary […]

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Combating homophobic attitudes

Combating homophobic attitudes

May 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

Homophobia continues to be a major issue amongst young people, particularly young boys. A study commissioned by BeyondBlue, revealed that one third of boys aged 14-17 would not be happy to have a same sex attracted person as their friend. One in five said they found it hard to treat […]

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Jacqui Lambie to launch a new party

Jacqui Lambie to launch a new party

May 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

In late March, ex-Palmer United Party (PUP) Senator Jacqui Lambie applied to register the ‘Jacqui Lambie Network’ (JLN) with the Electoral Commission. Party status grants electoral benefits otherwise unavailable to ‘independents’ such as allowing supporters to vote ‘above the line’. By W. van Leeuwen, Socialist Party Alongside the defection of […]

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Budget: New approach – same results

Budget: New approach – same results

May 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

Workers and the poor to pay for Australia’s economic woes The government’s approach to this year’s federal budget is markedly different to last year. Where as last year Abbott and Hockey told us there was a “budget emergency” and that they needed to “end the age of entitlement”, this year […]

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WA: Aboriginal community fights back

WA: Aboriginal community fights back

May 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Over 700 protesters, mainly from the Aboriginal communities, marched on the West Australian Parliament in late March to protest against the planned closure of up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities. Premier Barnett was shoved and booed as he spoke to the crowd and tried to justify the closures. By Mick […]

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SDA providing avenue to slash penalty rates

SDA providing avenue to slash penalty rates

May 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

Last month Business SA and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) drew up a template workplace agreement that, if implemented, would cut penalty rates for already low paid retail workers. By Anthony Main, Socialist Party Business SA is a major employer organisation in South Australia and the SDA […]

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Malcolm Fraser’s regressive agenda remembered

Malcolm Fraser’s regressive agenda remembered

May 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died at age 84. Fraser was installed as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in an undemocratic coup in November 1975. He served three terms until electoral defeat in March 1983. Although some note Fraser’s recent criticisms of the major parties, […]

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Qld: Labor hanging by a thread

Qld: Labor hanging by a thread

May 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

In March Billy Gordon, the State MP for Cook, was accused of domestic violence and not paying child support. He was subsequently forced to resign from the Labor Party and pressure has been put on him to leave the parliament. By Meredith Jacka, Socialist Party While Gordon has pledged to […]

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